Date of Graduation

Fall 2010


Master of Arts in History



Committee Chair

John Chuchiak


al-Andalus, minorities, Moriscos, tolerance, religious conflict, Spain

Subject Categories



This thesis asserts that the policies of religious intolerance in late fifteenth century Iberian Peninsula were a product of many external forces and indeed were a microcosm of the entire Mediterranean world at the time. They were not the consequence of isolation and local oppression, though this did occur as a result. The research traces the Muslim experience in the Iberian as they evolved from rulers to exiles. It compares five groups and addresses how they cumulatively created the social and ideological environment of the Spanish Reconquista. These five groups are: (1) Spanish "Old” Christians, (2) Other European Christians, (3) Jews, and both (4) Muslims under Muslim rule and (5) Muslims under Christian rule in the Iberian. The Moriscos, converted Muslims living as Christians under Christian rule, are a specific focus. In addition, the thesis traces the evolution of intolerance as influenced by events outside Spain relating to official Church movements such as the Crusades or doctrinal stances. Finally, the paper looks at minority inside Spain, including an analysis of all three major religions of the time with a careful effort to bring in the perspective of the marginalized groups.


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